I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Life by Committee by Corey Ann Haydu
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on May 13th 2014
Source: the Publisher
Some secrets are too good to keep.
Tabitha might be the only girl in the history of the world who actually gets less popular when she gets hot. But her so-called friends say she’s changed, and they’ve dropped her flat.
Now Tab has no one to tell about the best and worst thing that has ever happened to her: Joe, who spills his most intimate secrets to her in their nightly online chats. Joe, whose touch is so electric, it makes Tab wonder if she could survive an actual kiss. Joe, who has Tabitha brimming with the restless energy of falling in love. Joe, who is someone else’s boyfriend.
Just when Tab is afraid she’ll burst from keeping the secret of Joe inside, she finds Life by Committee. The rules of LBC are simple: tell a secret, receive an assignment. Complete the assignment to keep your secret safe.
Tab likes it that the assignments push her to her limits, empowering her to live boldly and go further than she’d ever go on her own.
But in the name of truth and bravery, how far is too far to go?
This book is brilliant. Brilliant, a bit messy, but really just so honest and realistic that it exceeded my expectations in a HUGE way. Somehow I went into this book expecting an okay read. Okay is not a way I’d describe Life by Committee after reading it. Because it ended up being a great read, possibly a runner for the title ‘favourite-read-of-the-year’ great.
I thought the idea of LBC was interesting. The whole tell a secret, receive an assignment. Complete the assignment to keep your secret safe was a very interesting twist to the story (though lets be real, I’d never ever sign up for something like that). I found myself holding my breath for every assignment, and found myself positively outraged by some of the assignments Tab received. While I might be able to understand the draw, I just couldn’t understand some of the assignments, let alone actually completing them.
Which leads to why I think the book worked so well and why I ended up loving it so much. Because in the end Tabitha is real, she’s a teenager, she’s messy, and she makes mistakes. Honestly, Tab is a mess, a big fat mess, and with the way her life has been spiralling out of control, the way her friends dropped her flat, and the way she’s being treated at school, she acts out. Which doesn’t change the fact that she did some messed up things. Kissing a guy that is taken (like the synopsis already said) is wrong on so many accounts, and it led to me being incredibly frustrated with Tab at times, but I never lost the sympathy I had for her (lets not lie, I almost did! but you’ll know exactly what I mean after reading this book!). Through it all, she just always remained Tab, the girl loves second hand books because she loves to read what people write in the margins, the girl that hurts deeply because people assume stuff about her just because her body changed, the girl that makes mistakes View Spoiler » and then owns up to every single one of them to deal with the consequences of her actions « Hide Spoiler. She’s a teenager. And we all knows how that feels.
Life by Committee is just incredibly realistic. It’s a story about coming of age, and all the troubles that come with it. It isn’t your typical contemporary read, it isn’t all warm and fuzzy and romantic (keep that in mind!). But it is REAL, and jam-packed with lessons that every teenager has to learn at some point in their lives.